According to Cloud Computing Trends: 2017 State of the Cloud Survey, companies house 41% of their workloads in a public cloud like Microsoft Azure or AWS. Even government agencies, long known for being cautious, are leveraging the public cloud in a big way. Earlier this year, Gartner predicted double-digit growth in government use of public cloud services.
As common as public cloud usage has become, deploying workloads in a public cloud is not always as straightforward as it seems. There are a lot of options to choose from, and implementing them poorly can create hazards for security, performance, and cost optimization.
Here are seven common scenarios where getting at least some outside help might be a good idea:
1/ This is your first foray into public clouds. AWS and Azure are extremely flexible with lots of options from which to choose. AWS boasts 500+ features for security and compliance on their website. If your in-house staff isn’t familiar with these options, you may end up not getting the features you need and paying for some you don’t.
2/ You are in a highly regulated environment. No cloud is inherently compliant, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be in compliance with most standard regulations including GDPR, SOX, HIPAA/HITECH, 21 CFR Part 11, and more in a public cloud environment. A knowledgeable service partner can help, just be sure to choose one that understands BOTH the public cloud and your industry.
3/ Your IT team is already stretched thin, and IT infrastructure management isn’t your forte. Improving resource utilization is one of the most common reasons our customers choose to use us to manage their clouds, public and private. Outsourcing some or all of the deployment and day-to-day administrative tasks lets you better utilize your in-house resources and talent.
4/ You’d rather spend your IT budgets on innovation than system administration. Maybe you’ve made a solid investment in IT professionals. Do you really want these highly trained individuals doing log monitoring or data backups? Or would you rather have them investing their time in developing business applications or Big Data initiatives that help you build a competitive edge.
5/ You don’t have the resources to monitor your systems 24/7 for potential breaches and security violations. Or maybe you haven’t figured out how to attract and retain the IT professionals you need, and you know you’ve got holes in your security plan.
6/ You want to spread workloads across multiple clouds while preserving connections between workloads. This can be challenging even for a seasoned IT professional, especially as public cloud providers add new features that increase what can be orchestrated across clouds. You can spend months spinning your wheels as you search for solutions that work or not notice new solutions when they become available.
7/ You’re thinking of migrating legacy workloads to AWS. Not every workload is right for the public cloud. This is especially true of legacy systems that were designed to work in an on-premises environment. We can help you find the safest, securest, most cost-effective cloud solution for these workloads and applications.
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